Fnatic and T1 survive the first elimination round in the ESL One Thailand playoffs
CMD368 – Fnatic were placed in the first elimination series against Geek Fam, who entered the event with Azel “Abed” Yusop stand-in in the carry role. With him playing more of the win condition heroes for Geek Fam, Fnatic strategized carefully around countering him or matching some of his most powerful picks. In game one, Fnatic replied with a Phantom Lancer to counter Geek Fam stand-in Abed’s Arc Warden and relied on the powerful Phoenix-Mars team fight combo to corner Geek Fam fast and smother their map presence. Towards the end of game one, there were fooling around by Fnatic as Raven rushed into the base thinking a GG would be called by Geek Fam. But nonetheless, Fnatic’s strategy worked to perfection to end the game one in under 35 minutes with a 42 to 12 lead on the kills score and a nearly 30K networth advantage.
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The second game went in favor of Fnatic and it was a much quicker game this time, as Fnatic came once again with a team fight draft on their mind and heavy right click damage from Drow Ranger to execute Abed’s Phantom lancer from early stage to the end. Raven’s Drow Ranger completely demolishes anyone on his path with heavy damage barrage from the Drow Ranger. Unfortunately for the Geek Fam fans, this is where the ESL One Thailand journey ended for their team.
Along with Geek Fam, Motivate.Trust Gaming have also been eliminated today after being bested 0-2 by T1 in the opening series of Day 1 in the playoffs. Both T1 and Fnatic have now secured a top six finish in the tournament and will resume their matches on the 3rd of September. Until then, TNC Predator will take on Neon Esports and Sparking Arrow Gaming will fight against BOOM Esports in the upper bracket semifinals starting today, September 2 at 08:00 CEST/ 14:00 PST.
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